Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Wizards
(On tonight’s game): “Washington played well in the second half. They exectuted, offensively. They executed, defensively. They turned it up defensively and took us out of what we were trying to do on the offensive end of the floor. Defensively, they had us running all over the place in the second half.”
(On Tristan Thompson’s rebounding): “Tristan is so long and athletic. He’s got a nose for the ball. He works extremely hard. When he gets double-doubles and rebounds like that, it doesn’t surprise me at all because he’s got the ability to do it. It’s just something that he’s got to continue to do every possession.”
(On the play of Jarrett Jack): “I thought he looked pretty good in 10 minutes. We have a tendency to get rattled because we’re still a young team. We can get rattled on both ends of the floor and he’s a guy that is capable of settling us down. We got an offensive rebound one time, and you could just see Jack calm everybody down, get to the right spots and execute the next action. So it’s good to see a veteran out there with that type of presence that controls the game.”
(On playing the two guard position): “I think we have a pretty good two guard on our team already. There will be times during the game where Jarrett will be in and I’ll be the two guard, but that position, I’ll leave to Dion. I’m sticking to one guard.”
(On playing with Jarrett Jack): “It’s easy to play off somebody like (Jarrett). I just get to my spot and I know he’s going to find me. He’s going to be aggressive. He’s going to draw the defense and he’s going to make the right play, whether it’s for me or my teammates. He’s a great point guard. He’s shown that across the league. Being out there and kind of being his wingman, it makes the game easy for me. I come off screens, get easy shots and draw the defense in and get easy shots for everybody else.”
(On if it’s the first time he’s played the two): “In high school I played the two guard. That’s the last time I played the two guard. The ball ends up finding your hands once in a while and you get to make plays, but it’s just exercising every opportunity that you have, whether it’s setting a screen for your teammate or coming off a down screen. It’s not that hard to move from the one to the two. Everybody tries to make a big deal out of it, but you just have to be a lot crisper, set better screens and just do a lot more things off the ball than you would do with the ball.”
(On only playing 10 minutes): “It was tough. I was kind of just getting in the groove. I thought we were playing well, playing at the energy level that coach expects us to play at each and every night. Not being out there for the past three or four games, that was the part that was tough. Then getting a taste of it and then having to sit down (was tough). I’ll trade that in for hopefully a little bit longer of a leash tomorrow.”
(On playing with Kyrie Irving): “He’s a smart kid, smart player as well. If you go back and look at half the film, the thing I was telling him was that we didn’t call any plays the whole time we were out there. We were just playing based of the situation. I know the old saying goes ‘take what the defense gives you,’ but that was just what we were doing. We didn’t have any preconceived sets, we were kind of just flowing, playing off one other. I think when you’re using those initial instincts, that’s when it’s the most fun.”
(On tonight’s game): “A little muddy start again, but in the second half, as I tried to tell them, when you come out with that type of energy on both ends of the floor like we did in the second half, it just feeds over into your offense. It’s got to be a grind when you’re going through no energy. You’ve got to play offensively that way. Both last night and tonight, they came out and responded but we’ve got to figure it out for two halves.”
(On his team playing together): “We talked before the game. Let’s try to make this your best game each as a team and as an individual. Trevor (Ariza) came out and made his first two shots. Then John (Wall) got the floor spread and did a good job of finding guys. Then Nene got in the middle of the floor and made plays. I think he gave (Trevor) Booker two or three layups underneath. The second half, I have no complaints holding them to 29 points and 34 points last night (against Detroit). ”
(On tonight’s game): “Just wanted to end the preseason on a good note. There’s no better way than to win, and hopefully take a winning attitude and winning vibe into the first game (of the regular season).”
(On Trevor Ariza and himself making shots): It’s funny because we were up last night til about six in the morning just talking about preseason and how we haven’t made any shots. We needed to get extra shots up and we came out tonight and made shots. That’s just how the game is sometimes. If you don’t keep putting that work in, push everybody in the gym to get extra shots up because that’s the only way you’re going to win at the end of the day. You can only play so much defense but you got to make shots.”
• Tristan Thompson posted his second consecutive double-double after finishing with 17 points on 7-13 (.538) shooting, a game-high 14 rebounds (four offensive) and three assists in 27 minutes. Ten of his 14 boards came in the first quarter. Over the past two preseason contests, Thompson is averaging 16.0 points on .583 (14-24) shooting from the field and 15.0 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game.
• Kyrie Irving finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-14 (.500) shooting from the field, including 4-7 (.571) from the three-point line, three assists and two steals in 24 minutes. He has now scored in double figures in each of the seven preseason games, and is averaging 16.0 points, while shooting a .444 (12-27) mark from long distance, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 block in 25.0 minutes per contest.